VETS Canada Will be Searching for Homeless Female Veterans From Coast to Coast During VETS Canada: In Her Boots
In recognition of International Women’s Day, VETS Canada will be holding a national awareness event on 4 March 2017. VETS Canada: In Her Boots will feature volunteer teams across the country walking the streets and visiting women’s/family shelters searching for homeless female veterans, providing donated comfort items to women/families in need, and raising awareness of female / family veteran homelessness.
As of 17 February 2017, participating cities include: Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Saint John’s.
“When we envision veterans, many of us think of men,” says Debbie Lowther, Co-Founder of VETS Canada. “In reality, women make up a significant percentage of the veteran population, and an increasing number of the veterans we help are female.” In 2015, 5% of the in-crisis veterans supported by VETS Canada were female; in 2016, that number jumped to 16%. Many of these female veterans were single mothers struggling to make ends meet. In Debbie’s words: “we as a country need to recognize that female veteran homelessness is a significant issue, and that each and every one of us can play a role in helping homeless female and male veterans alike.”
If you have items to donate to our event, please contact us.